Baseball Dominates Cleveland State, 9-1
March 1, 2009
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. - Eric Arnett pitched seven brilliant innings and Alex Dickerson hit his second career home run as the Indiana baseball team dominated Cleveland State on Sunday, 9-1. Arnett (2-0) set a new career high with nine strikeouts as the Hoosiers improved to 3-2 on the season. IU wraps up the APSU Invitational with a 1-1 record with its game against host Austin Peay canceled.
Arnett allowed just three hits and walked two in his seven innings of work, allowing just a single unearned run in the contest. Two of the three hits he gave up were infield singles, and the junior has now struck out 17 batters in his two starts.
Dickerson led the Hoosiers with three hits, including a three-run, opposite-field shot that broke open the game in the eighth inning. Evan Crawford, Josh Phegley, Jerrud Sabourin, Cody Webber and Ethan Wilson each tallied two base knocks in the game, as Indiana totaled 16 hits in the contest. Phegley and Tyler Rogers each drove in two runs and Crawford and Webber scored two apiece.
Brian Long pitched efficiently out of the gate for the Vikings, as he delivered an eight-pitch first inning. Interestingly, though, three of those pitches resulted in singles for the Hoosiers, with Crawford, Phegley and Dickerson each tallying base knocks in the frame. But a baserunning miscue by T.C. Knipp cost the Hoosiers, who were unable to crack the scoreboard in the first.
Indiana stayed off the scoreboard until the fourth, when Rogers delivered the key blow. A Sabourin single and a Chris Hervey double gave the Hoosiers two runners in scoring position, when Rogers came to the plate. The second baseman lined a ball hard to right field that crossed up Alex Johnson and fell for a two-bagger that plated both Sabourin and Hervey to give Indiana a 2-0 lead.
Meanwhile, Arnett was cruising along, not allowing a hit in the first four innings. In the fifth, Tyler Wynn got on a pitch and shot it down the left-field line for a double. Jon Foco followed with a chopper toward third that Arnett fielded, but his throw sailed high of first to allow Wynn to score. The big righty got the next three hitters, though, to limit the damage to just the one unearned run.
The Hoosiers finally got some insurance in the seventh, with three runs coming across. Webber led off with a single to right center and moved to second on a Wilson sacrifice. Crawford then singled through the left side and promptly stole second to put two runners in scoring position with one out. With the infield drawn in, Knipp hit a flare to the left side that fell in front of the outfielders and scored Webber to make it 3-1. Phegley followed with an RBI single to chase Long from the game, and back-to-back walks resulted in an RBI free pass to Hervey that upped IU's lead to 5-1.
In the eighth, Webber and Wilson both singled and the bases were loaded after Crawford was hit by a pitch. After pinch-hitter Vince Gonzalez struck out, Phegley delivered an RBI groundout to third to up the lead to 6-1. Then Dickerson blasted the first pitch he saw deep over the wall in left for a three-run homer to seal the game.
Jake Dunning and Blake Monar each pitched a shutout inning out of the bullpen to finish off the Vikings. The Hoosiers and Cleveland State had discussed possibly playing a second game, but with the weather conditions and the late start of the game, the teams elected not to play again.
The Hoosiers are back in action on Tuesday, when the head to Terre Haute for a matchup with Indiana State. IU and the Sycamores are scheduled for a 3 p.m. first pitch. Live stats and audio will be available on IUHoosiers.com.
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